If it feels like one World Cup just ended and FIFA is already talking about another, that’s why. Argentina may still be celebrating the trophy they won in Qatar – and that celebration may last for a while – but there’s a women’s championship just around the corner. Here’s what you need to know is.
When is the Women’s World Cup?
The tournament runs from July 20th to August 20th. It kicks off on July 20 with a match between co-hosts Australia (against Ireland in Sydney) and New Zealand (against Norway in Auckland).
where is the competition?
Matches will be held in 10 stadiums in 9 cities, 5 in Australia and 4 in New Zealand. (Sydney will do his double duty: the smaller Sydney Football Stadium will host group stage matches and will be replaced in rotation by the larger Stadium Australia.)
Full list of cities:
Australia: Sydney (2 stadiums), Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
new zealand: Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Hamilton.
That’s… far from most places, right?
As always, it’s up to you. Melbourne is now 16 hours ahead of New York and Auckland is 18 hours ahead of her. (These numbers jump to 19 and 21 in Los Angeles, where you might want to count from the other direction.)
If you’re a fan of the Australian Open or Insomnia, of course there are solutions to overcome this. If you’re a fan of American women’s soccer, you’ll be drinking a lot of coffee this summer.
What kind of drama are you interested in?
How long can you handle?
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has threatened to block tournament matches on television in many parts of Europe amid an escalating battle over the value of broadcast rights. Said the initial offer for FIFA was too low, but when he attended the World Trade Organization (WTO) and said that FIFA would not allow matches to be aired in Europe without the broadcasters being prepared in advance, the stakes “It’s not right to underestimate or undersell the Women’s World Cup because it’s the best asset and the best value,” Infantino said. “People who want to get it should pay what it deserves based on the number of viewers it gets.”
France has at least three key members of the French team won’t play for their country this summerOne of them, towering defender Wendy Leonard, said she was stripped of her captaincy by Dyker several years ago and “can no longer support the current system.” Leonard said she was saddened by her decision to opt out of the World Cup but said it was “necessary to maintain my mental health.” ‘s Antoinette Catoto and Kadi Diatudiani soon announced that they would also be out.
The French federation set up a commission to investigate the players’ complaints and determined that the rift between the coach and the team “has reached a point of no return”. Changing the coach seemed like the easiest solution. Substitute for duker? Herve Leonard, the dashing, perpetually tanned, white-shirted coach who beat Saudi Arabia to Argentina in the Qatar World Cup.
Yes, there is a little drama.
Most of the favorites and regulars advanced easily in the first round of qualifying, making an entry list that included both names football fans should recognize and a few players that might raise eyebrows.
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden , Switzerland, USA, Vietnam, Zambia.
That’s not 32 teams.
There will be 32 teams participating in this year’s Women’s World Cup. That’s up from 24 teams in the previous French competition in 2019, 16 teams in the competition before that, and 12 teams in the inaugural competition in 1991. During the week in New Zealand, 10 teams arrived in the playoffs to determine the final 3rd place.
These spots were set.
Portugal They made their first appearance in the Women’s World Cup by scoring a penalty in injury time in a 2-1 win over Cameroon. That prize? Portugal has landed in groups with the United States, the Netherlands and Vietnam.
Haiti Teenage midfielder Melky Dumornay scored twice in a 2-1 win over Chile. Haiti will also make its debut at the World Cup. However, Dumornet, who recently signed a teen-to-twenties team with France’s Olympique Lyonnais Feminine, the best club team in the world, hopes they will be able to make up for their apparent lack of experience with plenty of energy and energy. Offers optimism… Haitians fell in group with Britain, China and Denmark.
Panama They beat Paraguay 1-0 to qualify for the World Cup on Thursday. Panama will be his eighth qualifier in the field and his quarter of the 32-team tournament will be on the World Cup stage for the first time. This kind of opportunity is exactly what FIFA had in mind when it expanded its tournament. What that means for competitive balance, and what it will yield in terms of lopsided scorelines, will be one of the stories of the summer.
Who are your tournament favorites?
of Americafour-time champion and two-time defending champion, and CanadaHe is the current Olympic gold medalist.
England are the current European champions, but have some worthy rivals eager to seize the mantle as the continent’s best team. Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands and Sweden All might make a strong case that they can win this summer.
what about the rest of the fields?
Brazil Appeared as South American Champion. Japan, China and Korea The Japanese are the only Japanese to have won the World Cup, but they have a long track record in Asia and will be closer to home than usual. Australiawhich features scoring forward Sam Kerr, recently indicated their intention to challenge Spain with a win in a warm-up match.
Other teams arrive with big stars, but with higher odds — Denmark (Pernille Harder), Norway (Ada Hegerberg) and Jamaica (Bunny Shaw) — And so far, we’re looking forward to seven countries coming. Haiti, Morocco, Philippines, Portugal, Ireland, Vietnam and Zambia have all qualified for their first World Cup.
Who is the US playing against?
The United States is the defending champion. The schedule at the group stage includes a familiar face (Netherlands) and his two question marks (Vietnam and Portugal). The top two teams advance to the Round of 16.
The American’s three games in the group stage:
Auckland, Vietnam, July 22, 1pm (Friday night, New York)
Wellington, Netherlands, July 27, 1pm (Wednesday night, New York)
Portugal in Auckland, August 1, 7pm (Monday night in New York)
Can the American win three in a row?
Of course you can. It’s never been easy, but it’s getting harder than ever. Americans still have veterans like Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Crystal Dunn and Becky Sauerbrunn. However, after a disappointing trip to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, they had to contend for a bronze medal, but Vlatko, his coach Andonovski, said in an effort to rebuild the team for a new generation. has continued.
We’ve seen the emergence of promising new talent like Trinity Rodman, Sophia Smith and Sofia Huerta, but uncharacteristic (OK, worry might be a better word) results against the top teams. Last fall’s losing streak to England, Spain and Germany was the first three-game losing streak for an American in 29 years and showed the team still has a long way to go in its transformation.
But time is running out despite expectations inside and outside the team never changing.
“We always want to win everything,” Rapinoe said this week before the SheBelieves Cup finale.
How’s the equal pay battle going?
it depends. After years of tense negotiations, public fights, scathing insults, and court submissions, the U.S. women’s player, male and female, is one of the highest-paid national teams in the world. I signed a contract for equal pay.
No other country, even a large one, has made similar progress. Many have heralded a new contract that would guarantee equal pay for matches, but the women’s soccer team still lags far behind the men’s team when it comes to prize money, staffing and other issues.
Canada is now at the forefront of the equal pay battle. Canadian players went on a temporary strike ahead of this month’s game against the United States, vowing to continue the fight for better treatment and better wages through future actions and public outcry.